Grammy-nominated band Little Dragon have announced that their long-awaited new album Season High will be released on April 14 and is available to pre-order now. This is the first new music from the band since they released their acclaimed 2014 album Nabuma Rubberband. Little Dragon previously shared a song off the new album, titled High. And yesterday the band shared another new song from the new record, Sweet, a saccharine-induced dance floor number framed by lead singer Yukimi’s lush vocals.
While Little Dragon’s audience loves them for their unique brand of electronic pop and as a great live party band, the broader music world - artists like Big Boi, Raphael Saadiq, Kaytranada, and Moodymann, among others - recognize the Swedish quartet, and its singer Yukimi Nagano, as exquisite practitioners of European soul music. The combination of Yukimi’s exceptional voice, songwriting that simultaneously accesses Swedish pop’s studiousness and its hooky nature, plus a love of sound grounded in musical history but engaged with contemporary club culture, has effortlessly made Little Dragon a playlist staple.
Now comes Little Dragon’s most complete full-length album effort to date, Season High, a set of exquisite personal songs that showcases Nagano’s balance of numerous soulful vocal traditions while blending the group’s far-flung influences into a singular, post-’80s synthetic soul-club sound. Coming as it does at a time when pop-club culture is exploring more emotional and soulful approaches, and when contemporary R&B is re-engaging with the broader 4/4 dancefloor, Little Dragon’s Season High is not only a great artist statement, it’s an album that's found its moment.
“Full of smooth, subtle low-end and snapping percussion, “High” is equal parts meditative and sensual…” - Consequence of Sound
“This paean to loose trips and close touches is a reliable soundtrack to a narcotized Valentine's Day in with a main squeeze.” - NPR
“a slow, drifting piece of studio craft” - Stereogum
“beautiful dream-pop vocals from lead singer Yukimi Nagano, layered over slow-dance-appropriate electronic beats” - Paste Magazine
“New, woozy bedroom anthem. Press play and vibe out. This is music therapy at its most alleviating.” - Nylon